ARE YOU STRESSED
OUT ABOUT LIFE?
But I don't understand,
how I'm supposed to let God take control.
Like I'm stressed out about a lot of things.
Happiness is a choice.
You can choose to be happy.
There is going to be stress in your life,
but it's your choice whether you let it affect you or not.
ANSWERS TO DAILY STRESS
There's a terrible price to pay for stress in your life - it really takes a hit on your heart.
We can compare it to our life. When we are born we cannot walk immediately as a newborn baby, but we in most cases have parents that protect us and in the big picture are there for us. Then after time, we start crawling first, then we progress in doing small baby steps and keep progressing throughout our existence.
In our relationship with Jesus, it is the same with God; He does not expect us to start running immediately when you first come to Him and as the question above to give Him 100% control. You are a work in progressive. In actuality, we all are a work in progressive till we get to the end of our road on earth.
Jesus is always, always, always there as you start to crawl, stand or walk in His guidance.
In my devotional time this morning reading His Word (the Bible) I was learning something new that applied to my life after many years walking with God. To be honest, the day God stops working and taking me step by step, I will be worried. This is part of the process that you are going through. You want to do your best for God, but I promise you God knows everything about you and is well pleased that you are hungry for Him.
In the spiritual realm if you accepted Jesus as Lord and Savior, you are starting with baby steps. As a parent with their child to guide and protect an innocent baby, so Jesus is there even though he is invisible by the Holy Spirit to guide and protect you as you start your unique steps with Him on life’s journey. The parent is always there as the baby is learning to crawl, stand or walk and in your relationship with Jesus He is always, always there as you start to crawl, stand or walk in His guidance.
Part of this Christian walk development is your brothers and sisters at the Church you attend.
They are there to be a guide and encourager, like a parent is to a newborn baby. We encourage folks to join small groups or life groups at your local Church. That is excellent and a safe place to ask questions about your relationship with God and your daily life. We would encourage you to keep attending and ask questions and ask for prayer in areas that you are struggling in.
We take these baby steps in the area of stress including times at work and home. First take your stresses to God each day in prayer (having a conversation with God). If possible pick a quiet place and a daily consistent time. It is easy to feel that nothing is happening and that our prayers are not getting past the ceiling. But please have that child like faith to trust that God is working and try to continue to read God's Word daily to be instructed in God's Way.
8 WAYS TO OVERCOME STRESS
1. Admit you're stressed.
Is your life so packed with things to do that you can't seem to get anything done? Do you have a gnawing pain in your stomach that won't go away? Do you often forget things you're supposed to do? Are you tired, short-tempered, discouraged? If you answered yes to most of these questions, you're stressed. So admit it, then.
2. Make a list.
Write down everything you're involved in. Estimate how much time each week you spend in these activities, as well as how many hours you pour into your daily life, helping others, building friendships, and anything else that requires a significant chunk of your time.
3. Take your list to someone you trust.
This person could be your Bible study leader, youth pastor, school counselor, senior pastor, adult mentor, a mature Christian friend, or one of your parents. Have this person go over the list with you. Talk about why each item is important to you. Discuss your priorities—those things that are (or should be) most important to you.
4. Prioritize your list.
Order your list from most important to least important. Determine what you need to cut out of your life, then cross those things off the list. Circle the things you want to keep no matter what. Evaluate the "in-between" items and resolve not to feel guilty if you don't do all of them.
5. Important practice saying no.
You simply can't say yes to everything. You've got to learn to say no, too. If you want to cut down on stress, you need to keep yourself from being over-committed.
6. Think about your use of time.
You could be stressed because you simply don't know how to manage your time well. If you tend to procrastinate or are poorly organized, you need help using your time wisely. Ask an organized friend for tips on how to use your time better.
7. There are also many calendars and day-timers that can help you.
Drop by your local bookstore and check out the planners and organizers specifically for all age groups. But remember: A time-management tool is only as good as your commitment to use it. So if you purchase some kind of organizer, use it.
8. Keep God first.
Isaiah 40:29-31 says, "[God] gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint."
Place your trust and hope in God and make your relationship with him your top priority. As you do, you'll discover you really do have time for what's most important in life.
Stress is different in each individual. The above is only suggestions. As every individual is unique.
There are a lot of parts to Stress.
1. Admit there is a problem.
2. Do not self medicate in unhealthy ways.
3. Taking care of yourself physically.
4. Be intentional about what goes into your mind.
5. Don't neglect the Spiritual - prayer, Scriptures, fellowship with believers, etc.
6. Consider seeing a Doctor.
Just a Note
There is so much more on the subject of stress, and this page just scratches the surface, and the article is written from a spiritual perspective from a layperson, with no medical background. Talk to a Pastor in your local Church or go for counseling. As everyone is unique in their situation.
Please if you need medical advice, we encourage to see your family doctor or go to a medical walk-in clinic or the hospital near you or call 911 if it is an emergency.
This article is not to be taken as medical advice for any situation.
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